Rotterdam Street Update

Rotterdam Street To Open to Traffic, Cyclists, and Pedestrians on August 25, 2021

Allston residents and commuters can expect to see Rotterdam Street open to traffic beginning the morning of Wednesday, August 25. Once open, a reminder that the new Boston Transportation Department (BTD)-approved traffic pattern will go into effect on Windom Street, turning the section of Windom between Hopedale and Amboy Streets into a one-way road in the direction of Cambridge Street as depicted below.



Rotterdam Street Update and Pending Change to Windom Street Traffic Pattern: July 2021

With the utility work on Rotterdam Street finishing up, neighbors can expect to see the roadway fully open to traffic by mid-August.


Once Rotterdam is open, the new Boston Transportation Department (BTD)-approved traffic pattern will go into effect on Windom Street, turning the section of Windom between Hopedale and Amboy Streets into a one-way road in the direction of Cambridge Street.


This new traffic pattern will reduce the number of vehicles using Windom Street as a cut through to Western Ave. It will also help ensure large trucks are not accessing Harvard’s Science and Engineering Center via Windom Street.



Rotterdam Street Closure/February - June 2021

Rotterdam Street has been closed to vehicles since early February 2021.

It was determined after careful review that this closure offered the best and least disruptive work plan to complete the North Allston Storm Drain Extension Project (NASDEP) preparatory work and allow two contractors to complete their necessary construction activities on Rotterdam Street in the shortest amount of time. The road will remain closed pending some necessary work by our utility providers. 

With Rotterdam Street closed to vehicles:

  • There is no through access for vehicles via Rotterdam Street to either Western Ave or Cambridge Street. Police details and variable message boards are in place to provide guidance.
  • Windom Street is closed to all but local vehicular traffic. All other vehicles on Cambridge Street seeking access to Western Ave are directed via signage to N. Harvard Street.
  • Bicycles and pedestrians are being accommodated down Rotterdam (see the orange dotted line on the attached map) and signage and police details help them safely navigate around the work area.
  • 28 Travis Street and 92 Seattle Street is accessible from Western Ave via Academic Way South.
  • Hague Street is open to construction vehicles and those needing access to 114 Western Ave and the parking lot at 2 Hague Street (SORO Lot). Both the 114 Western Ave and 2 Hague (SORO) parking lots are fully accessible.
  • Deliveries to the SEC Loading Dock will arrive via Academic Way South to Science Drive. They exit the area via Science Drive to Academic Way South back to Western Ave.
  • Please see the map below for visual details or click on this PDF.





Rotterdam Street Update - December 2020

  • The final paving of the Hague Street/Rotterdam Street intersection will take place on Saturday December 12 over one day shift. During this work, the parking lot at 2 Hague Street will not be accessible.
  • This work is weather-dependent and dates are subject to change. 


Rotterdam Street Update - November 2020

  • On Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, the contractor will be closing a section of Rotterdam Street from the entrance of 114 Western Ave to just before Science Drive to prep the area for final paving. Police details, signage, and vehicular detours will be in place.
  • Rotterdam Street will be closed on Saturday, November 21, to facilitate paving beginning at 6:00 am. Vehicular detours will be in place during this work.
  • This work is weather-dependent and dates are subject to change.


Rotterdam Street Update - October 2020

  • Beginning Tuesday, October 13 for approximately two weeks, pedestrians will be re-routed to the East side of Rotterdam Street just after 114 Western Ave using cones and signage so the contractor can work on completing the West side sidewalk. Two-way vehicular access will be maintained on Rotterdam with two 13’ lanes.
  • Ongoing work along Rotterdam Street will require that the a section of the road be reduced down to one lane of alternating traffic during working hours (6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) on the following dates:
  • Friday, October 2
  • Saturday, October 3
  • Monday, October 5 - Thursday, October 8

Two HUPD details have been requested to direct traffic and access to the 114 Western Ave parking lot will not be impacted. During this work, all pedestrian traffic will be directed to the temporary sidewalk on the SEC side of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Street Update - August 2020

To begin excavating for site lighting in the South of Rotterdam (SORO) parking lot, the contractor will need to temporarily close the sidewalk on the east side of Rotterdam Street (the SEC side) for one to two weeks, starting August 26, 2020.